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7=head1 DESCRIPTION
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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de6a5728 14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as I<epigrams>, but the
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15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.25.7 - J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Silmarillion"
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22L<Announced on 2016-11-20 by Chad 'Exodist' Granum|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/11/msg241120.html>
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24 Of Beren and Lúthien
25
26 Among the tales of sorrow and of ruin that come down to us from the darkness of
27 those days there are yet some in which amid weeping there is joy and under the
28 shadow of death light that endures. And of these histories most fair still in
29 the ears of the Elves is the tale of Beren and Lúthien. Of their lives was made
30 the Lay of Leithian, Release from Bondage, which is the longest save one of the
31 songs concerning the world of old; but here is told in fewer words and without
32 song.
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34=head2 v5.25.6 - Alan Warner, "The Sopranos"
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36L<Announced on 2016-10-10 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240406.html>
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38 I'm up on all the pop trivia, says the guy with the stud in his tongue.
39 Are you?
40 Yes. Do you know who he lead singer of Echo and the Bunnymen is?
41 Let me guess, is he called Echo?
42 Good guess but no, anyway when they played Glastonbury it was so
43 muddy he had two roadies to hold up a binliner on each of his legs so
44 they wouldn't get covered in mud.
45 That's what being rich and famous is all about, having someone
46 else hold up your binliners on each leg when you're wandering across
47 a sea of shite.
48 Do you know what Sammy Davis Junior said being black and famous in
49 America meant?
50 No.
51 He said being black and famous in America meant he could be
52 refused entry to exclusive clubs and restaurants that other people
53 could only ever dream of going to. Do you know Michael Stipe likes to
54 send his remote control toy cars onto stage while his support band are
55 playing to freak them out?
56 Who's Michael Stipe?
57 You're not really a pop trivia person, are you, Kylah?
58 No, I'm not, Stephen.
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60=head2 v5.25.5 - Philip K. Dick, VALIS
61
62L<Announced on 2016-09-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/09/msg239887.html>
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64 We hypostatize information into objects. Rearrangement of objects is
65 change in the content of the information; the message has changed.
66 This is a language which we have lost the ability to read. We ourselves
67 are a part of this language; changes in us are changes in the content
68 of the information. We ourselves are information-rich; information
69 enters us, is processed and is then projected outward once more, now
70 in an altered form. We are not aware that we are doing this, that in
71 fact this is all we are doing
72
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73=head2 v5.25.4 - Terry Pratchett, "Truckers"
74
75L<Announced on 2016-08-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg239191.html>
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77 Concerning Nomes and Time
78
79 Nomes are small. On the whole, small creatures don't live for a long
80 time. But perhaps they do live fast.
81
82 Let me explain.
83
84 One of the shortest-lived creatures on the planet Earth is the adult
85 common mayfly. It lasts for one day. The longest-living things are
86 bristlecone pine trees, at 4,700 years and still counting.
87
88 This may seem tough on the mayflies. But the important thing is not
89 how long your life is, but how long it seems.
90
91 To a mayfly, a single hour may last as long as a century. Perhaps
92 old mayflies sit around complaining about how life this minute isn't a
93 patch on the good old minutes of long ago, when the world was
94 young and the sun seemed so much brighter and larvae showed you a
95 bit of respect. Whereas the trees, which are not famous to their
96 quick reactions, may just have time to notice the way the sky keeps
97 flickering before the dry rot and woodworm set in.
98
99 It's all a sort of relativity. The faster you live, the more time
100 stretches out. To a nome, a year lasts as long as ten years does to a
101 human. Remember it. Don't let it concern you. They don't. They don't
102 even know.
103
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104=head2 v5.25.3 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Dong with a Luminous Nose
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106L<Announced on 2016-07-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238158.html>
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108 When awful darkness and silence reign
109 Over the great Gromboolian plain,
110 Through the long, long wintry nights; -
111 When the angry breakers roar
112 As they beat on the rocky shore; -
113 When Storm-clouds brood on the towering heights
114 Of the Hills of the Chankly Bore: -
115
116 Then, through the vast and gloomy dark,
117 There moves what seems a fiery spark,
118 A lonely spark with silvery rays
119 Piercing the coal-black night, -
120 A Meteor strange and bright: -
121 Hither and thither the vision strays,
122 A single lurid light.
123
124 Slowly it wanders, - pauses, - creeps, -
125 Anon it sparkles, - flashes and leaps;
126 And ever as onward it gleaming goes
127 A light on the Bong-tree stems it throws.
128 And those who watch at that midnight hour
129 From Hall or Terrace, or lofty Tower,
130 Cry, as the wild light passes along, -
131 'The Dong! - the Dong!
132 The wandering Dong through the forest goes!
133 The Dong! the Dong!
134 The Dong with a luminous Nose!'
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136=head2 v5.25.2 - Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip "Waiting For The Beat To Kick In"
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138L<Announced on 2016-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/06/msg237274.html>
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140 Waiting for the beat to kick in
141 But it never does
142 Waiting for my feet to grow wings
143 That lift me above
144 All of these tiresome things
145 That we know and love
146 Waiting for the beat to kick in
147 But it never does
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149=head2 v5.25.1 - Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble"
150
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153Imagine that you're a smart high school student on the low end of the social
154totem pole. You're alienated from adult authority, but unlike many teenagers,
155you're also alienated from the power structures of your peers -- an existence
156that can feel lonely and peripheral. Systems and equations are intuitive, but
157people aren't -- social signals are confusing and messy, difficult to interpret.
158
159Then you discover code. You may be powerless at the lunch table, but code
160gives you power over an infinitely malleable world and opens the door to a
161symbolic system that's perfectly clear and ordered. The jostling for position
162and status fades away. The nagging parental voices disappear. There's just a
163clean, white page for you to fill, an opportunity to build a better place, a
164home, from the ground up.
165
166No wonder you're a geek.
167
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168=head2 v5.25.0 - Robert Frost, "The Trial by Existence"
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170L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236244.html>
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172 Even the bravest that are slain
173 Shall not dissemble their surprise
174 On waking to find valor reign,
175 Even as on earth, in paradise;
176 And where they sought without the sword
177 Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
178 To find that the utmost reward
179 Of daring should be still to dare.
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181=head2 v5.24.1-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
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183L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240224.html>
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185 Before the gates there sat
186 On either side a formidable shape;
187 The one seemed woman to the waste, and fair,
188 But ended foul in many a scaly fold,
189 Voluminous and vast -- a serpent armed
190 With mortal sting; about her middle round
191 A cry of hell hounds never ceasing barked
192 With wide Cerberean mouths full loud, and rung
193 A hideous peal; yet, when they list, would creep,
194 If aught disturbed their noise, into her womb,
195 And kennel there; yet there still barked and howled
196 Within unseen. Far less abhorred than these
197 Vexed Scylla, bathing in the sea that parts
198 Calabria from the hoarse Trinacrian shore;
199 Nor uglier follow the night-hag, when, called
200 In secret, riding through the air she comes,
201 Lured with the smell of infant blood, to dance
202 With Lapland witches, while the labouring moon
203 Eclipses at their charms. The other shape --
204 If shape it might be called that shape had none
205 Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb;
206 Or substance might be called that shadow seemed,
207 For each seemed either -- black it stood as night,
208 Fierce as ten Furies, terrible as hell,
209 And shook a dreadful dart: what seemed his head
210 The likeness of a kingly crown had on.
211 Satan was now at hand, and from his seat
212 The monster moving onward came as fast
213 With horrid strides; hell trembled as he strode.
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215=head2 v5.24.1-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto XXIII
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217L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238909.html>
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219 A bird within the bower of her delight,
220 Quiet upon the nest with her sweet brood
221 Throughout the dark concealment of the night,
222
223 Anxious to look on them and gather food -
224 No weary task for her, for as at play
225 Blithely she toils to seek her fledglings' good -
226
227 Before the time, upon the topmost spray
228 Eager awaits the sun and on the East
229 Fixes her wakeful eye till break of day.
230
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231=head2 v5.24.1-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto X
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233L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238269.html>
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235 When we had crossed the threshold of that gate
236 Which the soul's evil loves put out of use,
237 Because they make the crooked path seem straight,
238
239 I heard its closing clang ring clamorous,
240 And had I then turned back my eyes to it
241 How could my fault have found the least excuse?
242
243 We had to climb now through a rocky slit
244 Which ran from side to side in many a swerve,
245 As runs the wave in onset and retreat.
246
247 "Now here," the master said, "we must observe
248 Some little caution, hugging now this wall,
249 Now that, upon the far side of the curve."
250
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251=head2 v5.24.1-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XX
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253L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238072.html>
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255 New punishments behoves me sing in this
256 Twentieth canto of my first canticle,
257 Which tells of spirits sunk in the Abyss.
258
259 I now stood ready to observe the full
260 Extent of the new chasm thus laid bare,
261 Drenched as it was in tears most miserable.
262
263 Through the round vale I saw folk drawing near,
264 Weeping and silent, and at such slow pace
265 As Litany processions keep, up here.
266
267 And presently, when I had dropped my gaze
268 Lower than the head, I saw them strangely wried
269 'Twixt collar-bone and chin, so that the face
270
271 Of each was turned towards his own backside,
272 And backwards must they needs creep with their feet,
273 All power of looking forward being denied.
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275=head2 v5.24.0 - Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
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277L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236242.html>
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279 As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
280 I could be monarch of a desert land
281 I could devote and dedicate forever
282 To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
283 So desert it would have to be, so walled
284 By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
285 No one would covet it or think it worth
286 The pains of conquering to force change on.
287 Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
288 Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
289 Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
290 Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
291 The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
292 Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—
293
294 “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
295 Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
296 We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.
297
298=head2 v5.24.0-RC5 - The Mountain Goats, "No Children"
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300L<Announced on 2016-05-04 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236198.html>
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302 And I hope when you think of me years down the line
303 You can't find one good thing to say
304 And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
305 You'd stay the hell out of my way
306
307 I am drowning, there is no sign of land
308 You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand
309
310=head2 v5.24.0-RC4 - The Joker in "The Killing Joke"
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312L<Announced on 2016-05-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236145.html>
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314"See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…"
315
316=head2 v5.24.0-RC3 - Jesse Vincent
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318L<Announced on 2016-04-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236066.html>
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320The Great Pumpkin is a Santa-Claus like figure. He does bring toys like
321Santa. But unlike Santa, who gives away toys because it's his job, he
322gives away toys because it's the right thing to do.
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324=head2 v5.24.0-RC2 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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326L<Announced on 2016-04-23 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235999.html>
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328“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
329
330“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
331
332“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive. It won’t
333be fun.”
334
335Yossarian started out. “Yes it will.”
336
337“I mean it, Yossarian. You’ll have to keep on your toes every minute of
338every day. They’ll bend heaven and earth to catch you.”
339
340“I’ll keep on my toes every minute.”
341
342“You’ll have to jump.”
343
344“I’ll jump.”
345
346“Jump!” Major Danby cried.
347
348Yossarian jumped.
349
350Nately’s [girl] was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down,
351missing him by inches, and he took off.
352
353=head2 v5.24.0-RC1 - Robert Frost, "The Census-Taker"
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355L<Announced on 2016-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235807.html>
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357 Nothing was left to do that I could see
358 Unless to find that there was no one there
359 And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
360 "The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
361 In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
362 Break silence now or be forever silent.
363 Let him say why it should not be declared so."
364 The melancholy of having to count souls
365 Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
366 Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
367 It must be I want life to go on living.
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369=head2 v5.23.9 - Tom Kitchin, "from nature to plate"
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371L<Announced on 2016-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/03/msg235251.html>
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373Spring
374
375Spring is the proper beginning of my kitchen and a season that I
376look forward to with great anticipation. By the time spring arrives
377I am desperate to welcome all the spring produce into my kitchen
378and I long to work with fresh green vegetables again. As much as I
379love root vegetables, such as celeriac and parsnips, and the heaver
380meat and game dishes, I'm ready to leave those behind with winter
381and begin a new adventure.
382
383Somehow spring always gives me a little bit of bounce in my feet
384-- I feel like I want to kick off my shoes and dance around in my
385kitchen. Not that I do, of course, but I feel lighter somehow. My
386adrenalin kicks in with spring and so does the level of excitement,
387as I think about all the produce that is about to come in.
388
389The moment spring arrives I'm eager to cook peas, broad beans, green
390asparagus and other fresh vegetables! I want to create lighter,
391brighter dishes and I can't wait to get my hands on the first greens
392and the first morels, not to mention the first wild Scottish salmon.
393Thanks to my network of trusted suppliers, I always get to first
394produce of the season delivered to my restaurant as soon as it is
395possible. I want my customers to experience and understand the
396beauty of locally grown produce and to try things the minute they
397are available so they can taste how incredibly fresh the ingredients
398are. I also want them to understand the relationship between
399seasonality and flavours. One of the most important things to
400remember is to allow the seasons to inspire your dishes and help
401you make natural matches. Wild spring herbs, such as sorrel, sweet
402cicely and wild garlic, as well as spring salad leaves and green
403lettuce served with wild salmon, wild sea trout, lamb or rabbit are
404marriages made in heaven.
405
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407=head2 v5.23.8 - Patrick Rothfuss, "The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller's Chronicle: Day Two)"
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411Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing
412of shortcuts. You'd think she'd be forced to wander the city, lost and
413helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.
414
415But instead, she simply walked throught the walls. She didn't know
416any better. Nobody had ever told her she couldn't. Because of this,
417she moved through the city like some faerie creature. She walked roads
418no one else could see, and it made her music wild and strange and
419free.
420
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425A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
426nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and
427the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix
428in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that
429colourless void...The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now
430over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace
431cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But
432the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo,
433and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the
434dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed
435into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers,
436trying to reach the console that wasn't there.
437
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438=head2 v5.23.6 - 5.23 Episode VII
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440L<Announced on 2015-12-21 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233475.html>
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442 A long time ago in microseconds, in a galaxy not very far away...
443
444 5.23 Episode VII
445 THE FUZZ AWAKENS
446
447 It is a period of
448 unrest as separatists
449 announce their intentions
450 to fork PERL and return the
451 galaxy to speed and stability.
452
453 Chancellor Rik Hoolian struggles
454 to hold together the remains of the
455 once mighty Republic against a tide of
456 incivility and the depredations of a new
457 foe, the FUZZ RAIDERS.
458
459 Meanwhile, after 15 years of preparation and
460 high expectations, Supreme Leader Toady prepares
461 to unleash a devastating new weapon, PERL SIXDOTOH,
462 that could splinter the Republic forever and usher in
463 a new Empire of gradual typing....
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465=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
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467L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
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469After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
470me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
471Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
472adventure.
473
474I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
475only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
476lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
477sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
478lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
479hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
480
481Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
482no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
483loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
484control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
485It took me two weeks to figure it out.
486
487The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
488register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
489an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
490index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
491would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
492the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
493
494Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
495to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
496instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
497additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
498instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
499ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
500
501The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
502lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
503was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
504all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
505
506He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
507largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
508datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
509overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
510the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
511the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
512program went happily on its way.
513
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514=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
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516L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
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518Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
519first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
520or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
521Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
522when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
523when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
524difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
525keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
526strong men.
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528=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
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530L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
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532 Little of of all we value here
533 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
534 Without both feeling and looking queer.
535 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
536 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
537 (This is a moral that runs at large;
538 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
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540=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
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544 Would you believe in a night like this
545 A night like this, when visions come true
546 Would you believe in a tale like this
547 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
548 Come to the blazing fire and
549
550 See me in the shadows
551 See me in the shadows
552 Songs I will sing
553 Of runes and rings
554 Just hand me my harp
555 This night turns into myth
556 Nothing seems real
557 You soon will feel
558 The world we live in is another skald's
559 Dream in the shadows
560 Dream in the shadows
561
562 Do you believe there is sense in it
563 Is it truth or myth?
564 They´re one in my rhymes
565 Nobody knows the meaning behind
566 The weaver's line
567 Well nobody else but the Norns can
568 See through the blazing fires of time and
569 All things will proceed as the
570 Child of the hallowed
571 Will speak to you now
572
573 See me in the shadows
574 See me in the shadows
575 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
576 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
577 Nothing seems real
578 You soon will feel
579 The world we live in is another skald´s
580 Dream in the shadows
581 Dream in the shadows
582
583 Do not fear for my reason
584 There's nothing to hide
585 How bitter your treason
586 How bitter the lie
587 Remember the runes and remember the light
588 All I ever want is to be at your side
589 We'll gladden the raven now I will
590 Run through the blazing fires
591 That's my choice
592 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
593
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594=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
595
596L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
597
598 I was born beneath this willow,
599 Where my sire the earth did farm
600 Had the green grass as my pillow
601 The east wind as a blanket warm.
602
603 But away! away! called the wind from the west
604 And in answer I did run
605 Seeking glory and adventure
606 Promised by the rising sun.
607
608 I found love beneath this willow,
609 As true a love as life could hold,
610 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
611 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
612
613 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
614 In faithful answer I did run
615 Marching forth for king and country
616 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
617
618 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
619 As the seven seas I plied
620 And the girl who I left waiting
621 Longing to be at her side.
622
623 But about! about! called the wind from the west
624 As once again my ship did run
625 Down the coast, about the wide world
626 Flying sails in the setting sun.
627
628 Now I lie beneath the willow
629 Now at last no more to roam,
630 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
631 In their arms I'm finally home.
632
633 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
634 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
635 Will chase the sun into the morning
636 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
637
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641
642 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
643 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
644 Well, I try my best
645 To be just like I am
646 But everybody wants you
647 To be just like them
648 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
649 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
650
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651=head2 v5.22.3-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
652
653L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240223.html>
654
655 Far off from these, a slow and silent stream,
656 Lethe, the river of oblivion, rolls
657 Her watery labyrinth, whereof who drinks
658 Forthwith his former state and being forgets --
659 Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain.
660 Beyond this flood a frozen continent
661 Lies dark and wild, beat with perpetual storms
662 Of Whirlwind and dire hail, which on firm land
663 Thaws not, but gathers heap, and ruin seems
664 Of ancient pile; all else deep snow and ice,
665 A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog
666 Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old,
667 Where armies whole have sunk: the parching air
668 Burns frore, and cold performs the effect of fire.
669 Thither, by harpy-footed Furies haled,
670 At certain revolutions all the damned
671 Are brought; and feel by turns the bitter change
672 Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more fierce,
673 From beds of raging fire to starve in ice
674 Their soft ethereal warmth, and there to pine
675 Immovable, infixed, and frozen round
676 Periods of time -- thence hurried back to fire.
677 They ferry over this Lethean sound
678 Both to and fro, their sorrow to augment,
679 And wish and struggle, as they pass, to reach
680 The tempting stream, with one small drop to lose
681 In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe,
682 All in one moment, and so near the brink;
683 But fate withstands, and, to oppose the attempt,
684 Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards
685 The ford, and of itself the water flies
686 All taste of living wight, as once it fled
687 The lip of Tantalus.
688
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689=head2 v5.22.3-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto IV
690
691L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238908.html>
692
693 Between two dishes, equally attractive
694 And near to him, a free man, I suppose,
695 Would starve to death before his teeth got active;
696
697 So would a lamb 'twixt two fierce wolfish foes,
698 Fearing the fangs both ways, not stir a foot;
699 So would a deerhound halt between two does;
700
701 So I can't blame myself for standing mute,
702 Nor praise myself: for I must needs so do,
703 Suspended 'twixt two doubts, alike acute.
704
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705=head2 v5.22.3-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto I
706
707L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238270.html>
708
709 For better waters heading with the wind
710 My ship of genius now shakes out her sail
711 And leaves that ocean of despair behind;
712
713 For to the second realm I tune my tale,
714 Where human spirits purge themselves, and train
715 To leap up into joy celestial.
716
717 Now from the grave wake poetry again,
718 O sacred Muses I have served so long!
719 Now let Calliope uplift her strain
720
721 And lift my voice up on the mighty song
722 That smote the miserable Magpies nine
723 Out of all hope of pardon for their wrong!
724
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725=head2 v5.22.3-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XII
726
727L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238071.html>
728
729 The place we came to, to descend the brink from,
730 Was sheer crag; and there was a Thing there - making,
731 All told, a prospect any eye would shrink from.
732
733 Like the great landslide that rushed downward, shaking
734 The bank of Adige on this side Trent,
735 (Whether through faulty shoring or the earth's quaking)
736
737 So that the rock, down from the summit rent
738 Far as the plain, lies strewn, and one might crawl
739 From top to bottom by that unsure descent,
740
741 Such was the precipice; and there we spied,
742 Topping the cleft that split the rocky wall,
743 That which was wombed in the false heifer's side,
744
745 The infamy of Crete, stretched out a-sprawl;
746 And seeing us, he gnawed himself, like one
747 Inly devoured with spite and burning gall.
748
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749=head2 v5.22.2 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
750
751L<Announced on 2016-04-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236120.html>
752
753A silence; and then: 'If, in just two minutes' time by my watch--and a
754splendid watch it is--you have not turned the scorpion, mademoiselle, I
755shall turn the grasshopper... and the grasshopper, remember, _leaps
756straight up into the air!_'
757The silence that ensued was terrifying, worse than any we had
758experienced before. I knew that when Erik spoke with that quiet,
759gentle, slightly weary voice, it meant that he had reached the end of
760his tether: that he was capable of the most abominable crimes or the
761most selfless devotion; that the slightest irritation might unleash a
762storm.
763Realizing that our fate was out of our hands, the Viscount fell to his
764knees and prayed. As for me, I pressed both hands to my chest, for my
765heart was pounding so fiercely that I thought it would burst. We were
766intensely aware of the excruciating dilemma Christine Daaé faced in
767those final seconds. We understood why she hesitated to turn the
768scorpion. What if the scorpion, rather than the grasshopper, were to
769set off the explosion? What if Erik was simply intent on destroying
770everything, regardless?
771At last he spoke: 'The two minutes are up,' he said in a soft, angelic
772voice. 'Goodbye, mademoiselle. Off you go, little grasshopper!'
773
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774=head2 v5.22.2-RC1 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
775
776L<Announced on 2016-04-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235732.html>
777
778This annual ball was quite a magnificent affair. It was given some time
779before Shrovetide to celebrate the birthday of a famous illustrator
780whose pencil had immortalized, in the style of Gavarni, the extravagant
781carnival parade down La Courtille. As such, the ball was an altogether
782merrier, noisier and more Bohemian occasion than was usual for a masked
783ball. Many artists had arranged to meet there; they arrived with an
784entourage of models and pupils, who, by midnight, had become quite
785boisterous.
786Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to midnight. He did
787not linger to admire the many-coloured costumes on display all the way
788up the marble steps of one of the most luxurious settings in the world;
789nor did he allow himself to be drawn into the facetious conversation of
790masked guests. He simply ignored all the jesting remarks, and shook off
791the attentions of several all too merry couples.
792Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from the dancers' farandole
793that had encircled him awhile, he at last entered the salon mentioned by
794Christine in her letter. The small room was crammed with people either
795on their way to supper at the restaurant in the Rotunda or back from
796raising a glass of champagne.
797In the midst of the gay and lively hubbub, Raoul thought that, for their
798mysterious assignation, Christine must have preferred this crowd to some
799lonely corner.
800He leaned against a door-jamb and waited. He did not have to wait long;
801a black domino passed him and deftly touched his hand. He understood
802that it was Christine and followed her.
803'Is that you, Christine?' he murmured, barely moving his slips.
804The black domino promptly looked back and raised her finger to her lips,
805no doubt to caution him against uttering her name again. Raoul followed
806on in silence.
807
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808=head2 v5.22.1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Courage" (No. 22 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
809
810L<Announced on 2015-12-13 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233318.html>
811
812 If the snow flies in my face,
813 Let me shake it off me!
814 If my heart within me speaks,
815 I'll sing bright and gaily!
816
817 Will not listen what it says,
818 Have no ears for moaning.
819 Do not feel what it complains,--
820 Only fools like groaning!
821
822 Jolly brave into the world,
823 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
824 If there is no God on earth,
825 Let 's be gods down nether!
826
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827=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
828
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830
831 Why do I shun all those highways
832 Which the other wanderer seeks?
833 Why do I find bridged by-ways
834 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
835
836 For I have no crime committed,
837 Why I should now run from men,--
838 What demented heart's desire
839 Drives me to a desert glen?
840
841 Signposts on all highways stationed
842 Point their signs toward the towns,
843 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
844 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
845
846 One such signpost I see planted
847 Of my question unconcerned,
848 One road must my choice be granted,
849 Whence no man has yet returned!
850
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851=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
852
853L<Announced on 2015-12-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233032.html>
854
855 How the storm tore rents
856 In heavens gray attired!
857 The rags of cloud are flying
858 Around, of combat tired.
859
860 And flames of fire lambent,
861 Fly between them and part,
862 That 's what I call a morning,
863 A morning after my heart!
864
865 My heart sees in the heavens
866 Its own picture unspoilt--
867 It's nothing but the Winter,
868 The Winter, cold and wild.
869
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870=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
871
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873
874 The hoary frost has a white sheen
875 Strewn all over my hair,
876 So I thought I was an old man
877 And thought life dealt me fair.
878
879 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
880 And I have my black hair again.
881 How I abhor my young fair years,
882 How long to wait for death and biers?
883
884 From setting sun to morning's hue
885 Many a head turns white.
886 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
887 In all this lifelong plight!
888
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889=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
890
891L<Announced on 2015-10-31 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232321.html>
892
893 In the deepest rocky crevice
894 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
895 How I could find my way from here,
896 For me it's easy memory!
897
898 For I am used to straying ways,
899 Every path to th'end a way,
900 All our joys and all our suffering,--
901 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
902
903 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
904 I quite calmly downward stroll;
905 Every stream its sea will enter,
906 Every suffering finds its goal!
907
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908=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
909
910L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
911
912“You are the advocate of the dead.”
913
914The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
915that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
916take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
917their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
918remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
919figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
920
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922
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924
925 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
926 Among the theories scattered on the grass
927 Take up my good intentions with the rest
928
929=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
930
931L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
932
933There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
934its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
935
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936=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
937
938L<Announced on 2015-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/04/msg227472.html>
939
940 They shall pass and their places be taken,
941 The gods and the priests that are pure.
942 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
943 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
944 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
945 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
946 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
947 And delicate dust.
948
949 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
950 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
951 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
952 As the serpent again to a rod.
953 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
954 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
955 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
956 Our Lady of Pain.
957
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958=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
959
960L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
961
962The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
963Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
964started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
965crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
966and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
967pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
968through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
969claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
970were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
971they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
972It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
973obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
974
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975=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
976
c8d2be4d 977L<Announced on 2015-02-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg226002.html>
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979 There is another sky,
980 Ever serene and fair,
981 And there is another sunshine,
982 Though it be darkness there;
983 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
984 Never mind silent fields -
985 Here is a little forest,
986 Whose leaf is ever green;
987 Here is a brighter garden,
988 Where not a frost has been;
989 In its unfading flowers
990 I hear the bright bee hum:
991 Prithee, my brother,
992 Into my garden come!
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994=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
995
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997
998Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
999Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
1000Calvin: Brother! You doubting Thomases get in the way of more scientific advances with your stupid ethical questions! This is a *BRILLIANT* idea! Hit the button, will ya?
1001Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
1002[Box]: *BOINK*
1003Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
1004Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
1005Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
1006
2ee7da68 1007=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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1009L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
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1011"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
1012Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
1013we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
1014everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
1015"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
1016refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
1017"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
1018would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
1019than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
1020the discontinuity."
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1024L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
1025
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1026GAME CAT
1027
1028EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
1029things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
1030Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
1031lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
1032snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
1033This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
1034all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
1035Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
1036some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
1037finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
1038just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
1039Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
1040MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
1041The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
1042involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
1043and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
1044where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
1045Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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1049L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
1050
1051 Het Dorp
1052
1053 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
1054 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
1055 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
1056 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
1057 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
1058 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
1059 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
1060 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
1061 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
1062 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
1063 een zandweg tussen koren door,
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1065
1066 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1067 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1068 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 1069 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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1070
1071 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
1072 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
1073 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
1074 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
1075 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
1076 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
1077 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
1078 ze zien de televisiequiz
1079 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
1080 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
1081 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
1082 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
1083
1084 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1085 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1086 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
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1088
1089 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
1090 in minirok en beatle-haar
1091 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
1092 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
1093 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
1094 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
1095 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
1096 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
1097 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
1098 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
1099 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
1100 een ansicht en herinneringen.
1101
1102 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1103 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
1104 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
1105 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
1106
2ee7da68 1107=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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1109L<Announced on 2014-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg220267.html>
1110
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1111To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
1112of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
1113masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
1114of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
1115seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
1116joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
1117to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
1118high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
1119approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
1120ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
1121myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
1122to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
1123discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
1124canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
1125armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
1126rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
1127handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
1128stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
1129occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
1130and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
1131which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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1133=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
1134
1135L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
1136
1137 If they just went straight they might go far,
1138 They are strong and brave and true;
1139 But they're always tired of the things that are,
1140 And they want the strange and new.
1141 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
1142 What a deep mark I would make!"
1143 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
1144 Is only a fresh mistake.
1145
1146=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
1147
1148L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
1149
1150 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
1151 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
1152 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
1153 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
1154 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
1155 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
1156 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
1157 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
1158 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
1159 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
1160 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
1161 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
1162 Aldrin: 120 feet.
1163 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
1164 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
1165 Duke: 60 seconds.
1166 Aldrin: Light's on.
1167 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
1168 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
1169 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
1170 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
1171 down a half.
1172 Duke: 30 seconds.
1173 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
1174 Aldrin: Contact Light.
1175 Armstrong: Shutdown.
1176 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
1177 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
1178 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
1179 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
1180 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
1181 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
1182 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
1183 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
1184 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
1185 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
1186 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
1187 Aldrin: Thank you.
1188
1189=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
1190
1191L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
1192
1193 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
1194 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
1195 We danced among the lightning bolts,
1196 and tore the world asunder.
1197
1198 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
1199 written near the end of the previous Age,
1200 known by some as the Third Age.
1201 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
1202 Reborn.
1203
1204=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
1205
1206L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
1207
1208 Walled in fast within the earth
1209 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
1210 This must be the bell’s great birth!
1211 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
1212 Sweat must trickle now
1213 From the burning brow,
1214 Till the work its master honour.
1215 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
1216
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1217=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
1218
1219L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
1220
1221 Steady old Väinämöinen
1222 uttered a word and spoke thus:
1223 'No lilting on the waters
1224 and no singing on the waves!
1225 Song keeps you lazy
1226 tales delay rowing.
1227 Precious day would pass and night
1228 would overtake us midway
1229 on these wide waters
1230 upon these vast waves.'
1231
1232 The wanton Lemminkäinen
1233 uttered a word and spoke thus:
1234 'The time will pass anyway
1235 the fair day will flee
1236 and the night will come panting
1237 and the twilight will steal in
1238 if you don't sing while you live
1239 nor hum in this world.'
1240
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1241=head2 v5.20.3-RC2 - Anon., trans. Malcolm C. Lyons, "The Story of Abu Muhammad the Idle and the Marvels He Encountered with the Ape As Well As the Marvels of the Seas and Islands", from "Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange"
1242
1243L<Announced on 2015-08-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230544.html>
1244
1245'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
1246and I was reciting these lines:
1247
1248 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
1249 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
1250 I wonder at the patience that I showed
1251 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
1252 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
1253 I have remained confused in misery.
1254
1255I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
1256Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
1257walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
1258person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
1259am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
1260ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
1261asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
1262allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
1263added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
1264and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
1265idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
1266coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
1267and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
1268different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
1269without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
1270the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
1271the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
1272sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
1273gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
1274told you about this, so goodbye."
1275
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1277
1278L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
1279
1280'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
1281asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
1282and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
1283and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
1284I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
1285candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
1286were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
1287congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
1288face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
1289[...]
1290'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
1291her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
1292them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
1293ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
1294told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
1295man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
1296[...]
1297'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
1298servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
1299was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
1300four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
1301like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
1302fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
1303"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
1304was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
1305shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
1306longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
1307a bean.
1308
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1309=head2 v5.20.2 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Magical Trevor"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/magical-trevor.html>
1310
1311L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
1312
1313 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
1314 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
1315 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
1316 Where is the cow hidden right now?
1317
1318 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
1319 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
1320 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
1321 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
1322
1323 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
1324 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
1325 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
1326 Yeah!
1327
1328 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
1329 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
1330 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
1331 Yeah, yeah!
1332
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1333=head2 v5.20.2-RC1 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Scampi"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/scampi.html>
1334
1335L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
1336
1337 I've seen things,
1338 I've seen them with my eyes;
1339 I've seen things,
1340 They're often in disguise.
1341
1342 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
1343 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
1344 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
1345 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
1346
1347 I've seen things,
1348 I've seen them with my eyes;
1349 I've seen things,
1350 They're often in disguise.
1351
1352 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
1353
2ee7da68 1354=head2 v5.20.1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. Diana Reed, "Così fan tutte"
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1355
1356L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
1357
1358 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
1359 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
1360 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
1361
1362 DON ALFONSO:
1363 Take heart, my dearest children.
1364 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
1365
1366 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
1367 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
1368
1369 FIORDILIGI:
1370 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
1371 It is disappearing already!
1372 It is no longer in sight!
1373 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
1374
1375 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
1376 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
1377
1378 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
1379 May the wind be gentle,
1380 may the sea be calm,
1381 and may the elements
1382 respond kindly
1383 to our wishes.
1384
2ee7da68 1385=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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1386
1387L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
1388
1389 GUGLIELMO:
1390 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
1391 is reluctant to come before her.
1392
1393 FERRANDO:
1394 My trembling lip
1395 can utter no word.
1396
1397 DON ALFONSO:
1398 The hero displays his manliness
1399 in the most terrible moments.
1400
1401 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
1402 Now that we have heard the news,
1403 you have the lesser duty:
1404 Take heart, and plunge your swords
1405 into both our hearts.
1406
1407 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
1408 My idol, blame fate
1409 that I must abandon you.
1410
1411 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
1412 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
1413 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
1414 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
1415 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
1416 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
1417 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
1418
1419 ALL:
1420 Thus destiny defrauds
1421 the hopes of mortals.
1422 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
1423 who can ever love life?
1424
2ee7da68 1425=head2 v5.20.1-RC1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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1426
1427L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
1428
1429 DON ALFONSO:
1430 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
1431 my lip stammers.
1432 My voice cannot emerge,
1433 but remains in my throat.
1434 What will you do? What shall I do?
1435 Oh what a great catastrophe!
1436 There can be nothing worse.
1437 I feel pity for you and for them.
1438
1439 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
1440 die.
1441 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
1442 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
1443 love dead, perhaps?
1444 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
1445 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
1446 DORABELLA: Wounded?
1447 DON ALFONSO: No.
1448 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
1449 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
1450 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
1451 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
1452 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
1453 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
1454 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
1455 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
1456 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
1457 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
1458 you wish it, they are ready...
1459 DORABELLA: Where are they?
1460 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
1461
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1462=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
1463
1464L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
1465
1466 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
1467 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
1468 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
1469 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
1470 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
1471 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
1472
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1473=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
1474
1475L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
1476
1477 When times go bad
1478 when times go rough
1479 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
1480 And let me do my stuff
1481
2ee7da68 1482=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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1483
1484L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
1485
1486O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
1487sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
1488Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
1489than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
1490temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
1491mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
1492your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
1493draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
1494implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
1495rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
1496bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
1497Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
1498is a fool!
1499
2ee7da68 1500=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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1502L<Announced on 2014-03-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/03/msg213851.html>
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1503
1504The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
1505the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
1506withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
1507consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
1508tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
1509detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
1510by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
1511
2ee7da68 1512=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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1513
1514L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
1515
1516Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
1517rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
1518stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
1519know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
1520that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
1521chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
1522clouds thickened above them.
1523
1524"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
1525you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
1526body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
1527closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
1528hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
1529he looked Long in the face.
1530
1531"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
1532master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
1533grew fierce.
1534
1535"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
1536fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
1537truth!"
1538
2ee7da68 1539=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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1540
1541L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
1542
1543“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
1544hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
1545
1546“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
1547
1548“Is there? What is the point?”
1549
1550“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
1551
1552“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
1553
1554“The trick is not to think about that.”
1555
1556“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
1557
1558Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
1559
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1560=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
1561
1562L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
1563
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1564And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
1565down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
1566the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
1567were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
1568they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
1569Europe was over.
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1571Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
1572leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
1573kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
1574horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 1575
e91f1fc1 1576Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 1577
e91f1fc1 1578One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
2cff31c9 1579
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1580=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
1581
1582L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
1583
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1584 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
1585
1586 Mr. Bun: Morning.
1587 Waitress: Morning.
1588 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
1589 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
1590 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
1591 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
1592 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
1593 egg on top and spam
1594 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
1595 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
1596 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
1597 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
1598 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
1599 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
1600 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
1601 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
1602 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
1603 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
1604
1605 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
1606
1607 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
1608 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
1609 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
1610 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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1616 I
1617
1618 A cat is strolling through my mind
1619 Acting as though he owned the place,
1620 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
1621 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
1622
1623 So tender and discreet his tone;
1624 But whether he should growl or purr
1625 His voice is always rich and deep.
1626 That is the secret of his charm.
1627
1628 This purling voice that filters down
1629 Into my darkest depths of soul
1630 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
1631 Delights me as a potion would.
1632
1633 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
1634 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
1635 Without the need for any words
1636 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
1637
1638 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
1639 Across my heart, fine instrument,
1640 And makes to sing so royally
1641 The strongest and the purest chord,
1642
1643 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
1644 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
1645 In whom all is, angelically,
1646 As subtle as harmonious.
1647
1648 II
1649
1650 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
1651 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
1652 I might have been embalmed in it
1653 By giving him one little pet.
1654
1655 He is my household's guardian soul;
1656 He judges, he presides, inspires
1657 All matters in hos royal realm;
1658 Might he be fairy? or a god?
1659
1660 When my eyes, to this cat I love
1661 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
1662 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
1663 And when I look within myself,
1664
1665 I notice with astonishment
1666 The fire of his opal eyes,
1667 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
1668 Taking my measure, steadily.
1669
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1674There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
1675that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
1676Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
1677despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
1678loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
1679looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
1680his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
1681of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
1682heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
1683danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
1684She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
1685surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
1686and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
1687be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
1688name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
1689and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
1690him.
1691
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1696E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
1697written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
1698betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
1699have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
1700personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
1701Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
1702For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
1703political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
1704working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
1705between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
1706however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
1707logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
1708an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
1709to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
1710outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
1711there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
1712There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
1713
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1718The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
1719correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
1720showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
1721however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
1722magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
1723the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
1724
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1728
1729 Over hill, over dale,
1730 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
1731 Over park, over pale,
1732 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
1733 I do wander everywhere,
1734 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
1735 And I serve the fairy queen,
1736 To dew her orbs upon the green.
1737 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
1738 In their gold coats, spots you see;
1739 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
1740 In their freckles live our savours.
1741 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
1742 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
1743 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
1744 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
1745
5f42d1f2 1746=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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1749
1750 From the beginning, I knew…
1751 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
1752 …that I can't fix…
1753 …with my hands…
1754
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1758
1759 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
1760 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
1761 The shadows lengthen
1762 In Carcosa.
1763
1764 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
1765 And strange moons circle through the skies
1766 But stranger still is
1767 Lost Carcosa.
1768
1769 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
1770 Where flap the tatters of the King,
1771 Must die unheard in
1772 Dim Carcosa.
1773
1774 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
1775 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
1776 Shall dry and die in
1777 Lost Carcosa.
1778
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1780
1781(no epigraph)
1782
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1786
1787"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
1788empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
1789Yellow!"
1790
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1794
1795 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
1796
1797 STRANGER: Indeed?
1798
1799 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
1800
1801 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
1802
1803 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
1804
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1805=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
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1808
1809One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
1810only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
1811that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
1812about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
1813places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
1814Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
1815mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
1816every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
1817
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1821
1822The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
1823systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
1824thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
1825operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
1826ever seen.
1827
1828An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
1829something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
1830kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
1831anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
1832disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
1833gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
1834that renders the operating system unnecessary.
1835
1836=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
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1840Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
1841someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
1842again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
1843and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
1844language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
1845
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1847
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1849
1850It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
1851who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
1852walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
1853and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
1854search, in questions, in torment.
1855
2ee7da68 1856=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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1859
1860Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
1861
1862=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
1863
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1865
1866 I'd love to go drowning
1867 And to stay and to stay
1868 But the ocean doesn't want me today
1869 I'll go in up to here
1870 It can't possibly hurt
1871 All they will find is my beer
1872 And my shirt
1873
1874=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
1875
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1877
1878 And the great day of wrath has come
1879 And here's mud in your big red eye
1880 The poker's in the fire
1881 And the locusts take the sky
1882 And the earth died screaming
1883 While I lay dreaming of you
1884
1885=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
1886
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1888
1889 What's he building in there?
1890
1891 We have a right to know…
1892
2ee7da68 1893=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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1896
1897It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
1898eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
1899
2ee7da68 1900=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
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1903
1904The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
1905followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
1906safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
1907place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
1908would be famous for this.
1909
1910Six months passed. A year.
1911
72f869fd 1912The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 1913Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 1914powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 1915
2ee7da68 1916=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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1919
1920Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
1921The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
1922recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
1923his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
1924Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
1925of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
1926Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
1927of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
1928'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
1929embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
1930'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
1931in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
1932leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
1933
1934The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
1935Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
1936in the destruction of the planet Earth.
1937
2ee7da68 1938=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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1942I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
1943the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
1944dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
1945between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
1946improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
1947fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
1948I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
1949them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
1950do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 1951from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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1952in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
1953perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
1954himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
1955a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
1956the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
1957world is richer for it.
1958
2ee7da68 1959=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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1962
1963No thought.
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1965The boy extinguished. Only a place.
1966
1967This place.
1968
1969Motionless, the Pragma sat facing him, the bare soles of his feet flat against each other, his dark frock scored by the shadows of deep folds, his eyes as empty as the child they watched.
1970
1971A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
1972
1973For the first lances of sunlight careered over the glacier, as ponderous as great tree limbs in the wind. Shadows hardened and light gleamed across the Pragma’s ancient skull.
1974
1975The old man’s left hand forsook his right sleeve, bearing a watery knife. And like a rope in water, his arm pitched outward, fingertips trailing across the blade as the knife swung languidly into the air, the sun skating and the dark shrine plunging across its mirror back . . .
1976
1977And the place where Kellhus had once existed extended an open hand—the blond hairs like luminous filaments against tanned skin—and grasped the knife from stunned space.
1978
1979The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
1980
1981I have been legion . . .
1982
1983In his periphery, he could see the spike of the sun ease from the mountain. He felt drunk with exhaustion. In the recoil of his trance, it seemed all he could hear were the twigs arching and bobbing in the wind, pulled by leaves like a million sails no bigger than his hand. Cause everywhere, but amid countless minute happenings—diffuse, useless.
1984
1985Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 1987=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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1991Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
1992of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
1993scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
1994glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
1995beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
1996much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
1997caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
1998vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
1999had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
2000
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2005Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
2006behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
2007recording everything.
2008
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2014 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
2015 She aims it at the creature's head,
2016 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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2019 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
2020 But what a change! No cloak of red,
2021 No silly hood upon her head.
2022 She said, "Hello, and do please note
2023 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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2026
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2028
2029Preparation:
2030
2031Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
2032or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
2033Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
2034look golden brown.
2035Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
2036ready to create the soup.
2037
2038Ingredients:
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2041 3 tbsp butter
2042 1/4 cup olive oil
2043 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
2044 1 tsp salt
2045 1 tsp sugar
2046 black pepper to taste
2047 1 cup red wine
2048 1/4 cup all purpose flour
2049 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
2050 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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2055 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
2056 to half an hour.
2057 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
2058 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
2059 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
2060 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
2061 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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2063Enjoy.
2064
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2068
2069‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
2070
2071Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
2072their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
2073
2074The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
2075butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
2076and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
2077
2078Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
2079
2080‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
2081
2082‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
2083
2084‘What?’
2085
2086‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
2087
2088‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
2089his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
2090dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
2091quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
2092
2093‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
2094an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
2095
2096‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
2097
2098The iotum rose, spinning.
2099
2100‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
2101
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2102=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
2103
2104L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
2105
2106On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
2107taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
2108"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
2109and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
2110merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
2111subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
2112Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
2113it.
2114
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2115=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
2116
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2118
2119`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
2120`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
2121hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
2122The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
2123been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
2124be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
2125to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
2126fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
2127
2128There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
2129climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
2130broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
2131implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
2132on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
2133Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
2134astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
2135for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
2136out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
2137the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
2138
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2139=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
2140
2141L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
2142
2143 A victim of collision on the open sea
2144 Nobody ever said that life was free
2145 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
2146 But use your freedom of choice
2147
2148=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
2149
2150L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
2151
2152Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
2153machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
2154trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
2155little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
2156to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
2157he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
2158the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
2159
2160The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
2161current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
2162transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
2163chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
2164adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
2165as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
2166solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
2167valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
2168the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
2169machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
2170
2ee7da68 2171=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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2174
2175 Don't you know? You never split the party
2176 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
2177 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
2178 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
2179
c33412d7 2180=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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2183
2184I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
2185Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
2186Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
2187The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
2188
2189
2190
2191I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
2192sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
2193collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
2194
2195My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
2196inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
2197swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
2198side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
2199The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
2200dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
2201
2ee7da68 2202=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
4c4c16b2 2203
6dab83b1 2204L<Announced on 2012-05-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/05/msg186903.html>
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2206 All I have is a voice
2207 To undo the folded lie,
2208 The romantic lie in the brain
2209 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
2210 And the lie of Authority
2211 Whose buildings grope the sky:
2212 There is no such thing as the State
2213 And no one exists alone;
2214 Hunger allows no choice
2215 To the citizen or the police;
2216 We must love one another or die.
2217
2ee7da68 2218=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
54fdd2d6 2219
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2222 How many roads must a man walk down
2223 Before you call him a man?
2224 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
2225 Before she sleeps in the sand?
2226 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
2227 Before they're forever banned?
2228 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2229 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2230
2231 How many years can a mountain exist
2232 Before it's washed to the sea?
2233 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
2234 Before they're allowed to be free?
2235 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
2236 Pretending he just doesn't see?
2237 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2238 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2239
2240 How many times must a man look up
2241 Before he can see the sky?
2242 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
2243 Before he can hear people cry?
2244 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
2245 That too many people have died?
2246 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2247 The answer is blowin' in the wind
54fdd2d6 2248
2ee7da68 2249=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
1f9d7ff5 2250
6dab83b1 2251L<Announced on 2012-02-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/02/msg183919.html>
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2252
2253 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2254 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
2255 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2256 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
2257 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
2258
2259Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
2260age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
2261older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
2262debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
2263girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
2264A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
2265Top for more than one week.
2266
2267Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
2268lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
2269buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
2270into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
2271meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
2272soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
2273single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
2274
2275 "I'm never going to give you up"
2276
2ee7da68 2277=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
cf6bc744 2278
6dab83b1 2279L<Announced on 2012-01-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/01/msg182230.html>
cf6bc744
CBW
2280
2281"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
2282
2283He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
2284notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
2285which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
2286OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
2287ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
2288
2289There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
2290busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
2291out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
2292mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
2293and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
2294with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
2295bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
2296chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
2297excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
2298down cheering and applauding.
2299
2300"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
2301
2ee7da68 2302=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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2305
2306Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
2307into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
2308beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
2309winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
2310wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
2311over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
2312
2313But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
2314gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
2315villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
2316journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
2317domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
2318with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
2319by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
2320Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
2321
2ee7da68 2322=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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6dab83b1 2324L<Announced on 2011-11-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/11/msg179588.html>
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2325
2326This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
2327been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
2328confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
2329how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
2330could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
2331putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
2332I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
2333before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
2334think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
2335all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
2336off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
2337was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
2338The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
2339endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
2340benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
2341boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
2342lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
2343Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
2344resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
2345Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
2346you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
2347
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2348=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
2349
6dab83b1 2350L<Announced on 2011-10-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/10/msg178412.html>
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2351
2352A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
2353don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
2354without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
2355the human experience, the better design we will have.
2356
2ee7da68 2357=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
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2361All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
2362the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
2363do so at their peril.
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2365It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
2366Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
2367work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
2368artist is in accord with himself.
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2370We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
2371he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
2372thing is that one admires it intensely.
607b15aa 2373
4ed12d4a 2374All art is quite useless.
607b15aa 2375
2ee7da68 2376=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
bfb65171 2377
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bfb65171 2379
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2380 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
2381 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
2382 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
2383 things the significance of a human future;
2384 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
2385 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
2386 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
2387 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
2388 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
2389 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
2390 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
2391 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
2392 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
2393 hurtles all ages along with it forever
2394 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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2396=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
2397
2ccefb8a 2398L<Announced on 2011-07-20 by Zefram|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/07/msg175014.html>
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2399
2400Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
2401fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
2402winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
2403down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
2404being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
2405extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
2406but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
2407
2408Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
2409that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
2410around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
2411fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
2412the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
2413closed system.
2414
2415Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
2416the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
2417/be/ them.'
2418
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2419=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
2420
2421L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
2422
4ed12d4a 2423If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
452ead5e 2424
c682aa67 2425=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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c682aa67 2427L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Dave Mitchell|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg199988.html>
b3c5102d 2428
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2429He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
2430mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
2431encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
2432
2433'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
2434Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
2435finished its run. It was due about now.'
2436
2437Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
2438see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
2439
2440'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
2441is always a last time for everything.)
2442
2443Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
2444
2445=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
2446
2447L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
2448
2449 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
2450 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
2451 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
2452 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
2453 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
2454 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
2455 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
2456 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
2457 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
2458 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
2459 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
2460 eaten them, but not for love.
2461
2462=head2 v5.14.2 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
2463
2464L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
2465
2466It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
2467do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
2468they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
2469catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
2470awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
2471inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
2472
2473So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
2474mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
2475the heart of the programmer.
b3c5102d 2476
c684cf36 2477=head2 v5.14.1 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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2478
2479L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
2480
2481At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
2482my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
2483the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
2484since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
2485already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
2486to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
2487the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
2488can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
2489unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
2490
c684cf36 2491=head2 v5.14.0 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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2492
2493L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
2494
2495At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
2496myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
2497impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
2498"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
2499gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
2500or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
2501
2502I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
2503computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
2504ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
2505would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
2506my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
2507away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
2508won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
2509
2510So a freely distributable program is born.
2511
2512=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
2513
2514L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
2515
2516This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
2517continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
2518aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
2519and your bags will be offloaded.
2520
2ee7da68 2521=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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2522
2523L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
2524
2525Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
2526of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
2527by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
2528sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
2529swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
2530down their paved streets.
2531
2532Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
2533obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
2534company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
2535the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
2536govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
2537the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
2538
2539=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
2540
2541L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
2542
2543But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
2544my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
2545reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
2546wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
2547Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
2548the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 2549This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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2550just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
2551this had never reached me.
2552
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2556
2557 When the full-grown poet came,
2558 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
2559 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
2560 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
2561 Nay he is mine alone;
2562 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
2563 by the hand;
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2565 holding hands,
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2566 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
2567 And wholly and joyously blends them.
2568
2ee7da68 2569=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<"Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar"|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
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2573 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
2574 nema ráða vel kunni.
2575 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
2576 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
2577 Sák á telgðu talkni
2578 tíu launstafi ristna.
2579 Þat hefr lauka lindi
2580 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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2582=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
2583
2584L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
2585
2586In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
2587granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
2588do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
2589that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
2590generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
2591endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
2592that fire can truly light the world.
2593
2594And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
2595ask what you can do for your country.
2596
2597My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
2598but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
2599
2600Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
2601ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
2602we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
2603the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
2604asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
2605work must truly be our own.
2606
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2608
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2611The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
2612to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
2613between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
2614cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
2615areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
2616be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
2617As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
2618the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
2619instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
2620interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
2621also be automated.
2622
2623Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
2624if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
2625were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
2626and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
2627indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
2628techniques like X-ray crystallography.
2629
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2633
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2634[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
2635
5814c912 2636 Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
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2637
2638[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
2639
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2640 Trinity: What did you just say?
2641 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
2642 Trinity: What did you see?
2643 Cypher: What happened?
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2644 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
2645 like it.
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2646 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
2647 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
2648 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
2649 Neo: What is it?
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2650 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
2651 they change something.
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2653=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
2654
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2657The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
2658he storm vanishes.
2659
2660"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
2661fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
2662to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
2663me?"
2664
2665I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
2666like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
2667
2668"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
2669as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
2670on my heart.
2671
2672(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
2673
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2675
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2678Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
2679air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
2680the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
2681faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
2682of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
2683the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
2684deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
2685fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
2686stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
2687revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
2688
2689For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
2690courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
2691the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
2692jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
2693were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
2694there, a glimmer of moonshine.
2695
2696Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
2697rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
2698grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
2699park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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2702=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2703
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2706`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
2707`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
2708it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
2709she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
2710
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2711 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
2712 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
2713 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
2714 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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2715
2716
2717`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
2718
2719`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
2720nonsense.'
2721
2722Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
2723anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
2724
2725`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
2726
2727`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
2728
2729`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
2730with his nose, you know?'
2731
2732`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
2733the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
2734
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2735=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
2736
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2739Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
2740Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
2741notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
2742for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
2743sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
2744
2745Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
2746dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
2747Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
2748motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
2749Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
2750that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
2751had ever even been a car.
2752
2753There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
2754been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
2755this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
2756flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
2757re-entry.
2758
2759There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
2760metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
2761somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
2762make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
2763
2764It should have fallen apart miles back.
2765
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2767
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2770We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
2771the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
2772in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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2773there exist ... special circumstances.
2774
2775=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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2779And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
2780bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
2781yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
2782with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
2783if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
2784bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
2785quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
2786
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2787=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
2788
2789L<Announced on 2010-04-20 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg159275.html>
2790
2791The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
2792involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
2793when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
2794streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
2795road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
2796seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
2797smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
2798
2799"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
2800volcano were once more to set to work."
2801
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2802=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"
2803
2804L<Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg195171.html>
2805
2806 Music oft hath such a charm
2807 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
2808
2809=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
2810
2811L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
2812
2813 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
2814 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
2815 When breakfast is taken away,
2816 To turn his attention to dinner;
2817 And it's not in the range of belief,
2818 To look upon him as a glutton,
2819 Who, when he is tired of beef,
2820 Determines to tackle the mutton.
2821 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
2822 If it will appease her sorrow,
2823 I'll marry this lady today,
2824 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
2825
2826=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
2827
2828L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
2829
2830 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
2831 Tolerates no work of man.
2832 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
2833 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
2834 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
2835 While the last larks sing and soar,
2836 From the heather-blossoms sweet
2837 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
2838 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
2839 Eleanor makes macaroons!
2840
2841=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
2842
2843L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
2844
2845 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
2846 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
2847 Lobster I freely endorse,
2848 In pate or patty or pasty.
2849 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
2850 And nothing the matter with jam,
2851 And the warmest greetings I utter
2852 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
2853 For they're food,
2854 All food,
2855 And I think very fondly of food.
2856 Through I'm broody at times
2857 When bothered by rhymes,
2858 I brood
2859 On food.
2860
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2861=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
2862
2863L<Announced on 2011-01-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168368.html>
2864
2865 I saw a huge steam roller,
2866 It blotted out the sun.
2867 The people all lay down, lay down;
2868 They did not try to run.
2869 My love and I, we looked amazed
2870 Upon the gory mystery.
2871 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
2872 'The great machine is history!'
2873 My love and I, we ran away,
2874 The engine did not find us.
2875 We ran up to a mountain top,
2876 Left history far behind us.
2877 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
2878 But somehow we don't think so.
2879 We went to see where history'd been,
2880 And my, the dead did stink so.
2881
2882=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2883
2884L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
2885
2886CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
2887she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
2888seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
2889
2890What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
2891of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
2892has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
2893will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
2894only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
2895lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
2896design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
2897periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
2898
2899=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
2900
2901L<Announced on 2010-08-31 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/08/msg163670.html>
2902
2903The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
2904from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
2905view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
2906Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
2907once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
2908endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
2909a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
2910will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
2911of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
2912Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
2913still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
2914
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2915=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
2916
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2919"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
2920many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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2921Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
2922what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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2923Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
2924had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
2925...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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2926"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
2927hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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2928degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
2929and-thirty degrees."
2930
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2931=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
2932
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2935San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
2936the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
2937hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
2938of the Free World."
2939
2940Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
2941level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
2942harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
2943exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
2944
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2946
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2949Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
2950the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
2951just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
2952a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
2953it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
2954of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
2955common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
2956bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
2957
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2959 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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2961=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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2965'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
2966not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
2967your cat grins like that?'
2968
2969'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
2970
2971She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
2972jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
2973and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
2974
2975'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
2976that cats COULD grin.'
2977
2978'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
2979
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2980=head2 v5.12.0-RC5 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2981
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2984'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
2985have got altered.'
2986
2987'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
2988there was silence for some minutes.
2989
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2991
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2994'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
2995always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
2996rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
2997yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
2998can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
2999kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
3000
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3002
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3005At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
3006called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
3007dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
3008in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
3009sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
3010
3011'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
3012is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
3013the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
3014to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
3015accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 3016Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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3026So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
3027hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
3028making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
3029picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
3030close by her.
3031
3032There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
3033VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
3034dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
3035occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
3036it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
3037OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
3038Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
3039never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
3040take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
3041after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
3042rabbit-hole under the hedge.
3043
3044In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
3045in the world she was to get out again.
3046
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3055 A little child, a limber elf,
3056 Singing, dancing to itself,
3057 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
3058 That always finds, and never seeks,
3059 Makes such a vision to the sight
3060 As fills a father's eyes with light;
3061 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
3062 Upon his heart, that he at last
3063 Must needs express his love's excess
3064 With words of unmeant bitterness.
3065 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
3066 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
3067 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
3068 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
3069 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
3070 At each wild word to feel within
3071 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
3072 And what, if in a world of sin
3073 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
3074 Such giddiness of heart and brain
3075 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
3076 So talks as it's most used to do.
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3078=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
3079
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3082And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
3083into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
3084mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
3085question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
3086hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
3087louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
3088who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
3089worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
3090done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
3091
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3093
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3095
4363636d 3096"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 3097course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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3098
3099Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
3100
3101"Why ain't that work?"
3102
3103Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
3104is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
3105
3106"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
3107
3108The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
3109to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
3110
3111That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
3112swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
3113-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
3114watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
3115absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
3116
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3118
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3121The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
3122at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
3123streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
3124the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
3125live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
3126colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
3127as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
3128wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
3129prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
3130however much they're into colour.
3131
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3132=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
3133
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3136Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
3137and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
3138word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
3139disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
3140everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
3141on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
3142that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
3143glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 3144war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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3145presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
3146for more hazardous assignment.
3147
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3148=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
3149
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3152Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
3153streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
3154trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
3155to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
3156about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
3157of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
3158facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
3159explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
3160Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
3161people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
3162work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
3163their art.
3164
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3165=head2 v5.10.1 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
3166
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3169'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
3170the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
3171Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
3172Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
3173responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
3174Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
3175Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
3176Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
3177Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
3178Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
3179
3180'Can they all type?' I joked.
3181
3182'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
3183McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
3184
3185I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
3186'We could have opened an agency.'
3187
3188Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
3189Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
3190amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
3191all say that, do they?' I ventured.
3192
3193Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
3194replied. 'Not quite all.'
3195
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3208He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
3209he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
3210out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
3211noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
3212must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
3213number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
3214did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
3215
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3224=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
3225
3226L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
3227available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
3228
3229=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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3232
3233=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
3234
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3236
3237=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
3238
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3240
3241This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
3242gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
3243technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
3244about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
3245bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
3246paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
3247in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
3248electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
3249picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
3250to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
3251technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
3252getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
3253sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
3254it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
3255conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
3256
3257"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
3258that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
3259`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
3260
3261"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
3262one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
3263flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
3264everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
3265make you flip?
3266
3267=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
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3271Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
3272
3273=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
3274
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3276
3277What of October, that ambiguous month
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3279=head2 v5.8.9 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
3280
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3283Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
3284proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
3285the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
3286anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
3287how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
3288
3289'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
3290
3291This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
3292that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
3293
3294'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
3295expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
3296anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
3297sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
3298
3299This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
3300basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
3301policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
3302disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
3303the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
3304Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
3305and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
3306Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
3307
3308In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
3309reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
3310
3311I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
3312Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
3313for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
3314had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
3315work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
3316the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
3317left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
3318pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
3319the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
3320the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
3321
3322I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
3323publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
3324Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
3325
3326So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
3327pushing to increase the membership?
3328
3329'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
3330more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
3331futile and impotent it becomes.'
3332
3333This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
3334
3335Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
3336diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
3337
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3339
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3342There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
3343about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
3344four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
3345anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
3346thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
3347
3348Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
3349and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
3350press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
3351obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
3352produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
3353this draft...'
3354
3355I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
3356hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
3357incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
3358
3359'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
3360redundancy payments as well.'
3361
3362'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
3363it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
3364
3365'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
3366
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3368
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3371A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
3372was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
3373and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
3374jets and all.
3375
3376I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
3377
3378I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
3379Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
3380specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
3381the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
3382jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
3383grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
3384in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
3385
3386While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
3387taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
3388me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
3389sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
3390three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
3391plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
3392occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
3393were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
3394
3395And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
3396were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
3397
3398Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
3399name like Charlie Umtali?
3400
3401I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
3402know something about our official visitor.
3403
3404Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
3405has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
3406car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
3407to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
3408knew little of his background.
3409
3410I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
3411Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
3412first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
3413
3414Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
3415
3416'Why?' I enquired.
3417
3418'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
3419to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
3420never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
3421
3422Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
3423that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
3424
3425In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
3426where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
3427revolving door and comes out in front.'
3428
3429'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
3430
3431'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
3432
3433'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
3434
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3435=head2 v5.8.8 - Joe Raposo, "Bein' Green"
3436
f3d08688 3437L<Announced on 2006-01-31 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2006/01/msg109190.html>
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3439 It's not that easy bein' green
3440 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
3441 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
3442 Or something much more colorful like that
51caa79e 3443
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3444 It's not easy bein' green
3445 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
3446 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
3447 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
3448 Or stars in the sky
51caa79e 3449
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3450 But green's the color of Spring
3451 And green can be cool and friendly-like
3452 And green can be big like an ocean
3453 Or important like a mountain
3454 Or tall like a tree
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3456 When green is all there is to be
3457 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
3458 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
3459 And I think it's what I want to be
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3461=head2 v5.8.8-RC1 - Cosgrove Hall Productions, "Dangermouse"
3462
f3d08688 3463L<Announced on 2006-01-20 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2006/01/msg108833.html>
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4ed12d4a 3465 Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 3466
4ed12d4a 3467 Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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3469=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
3470
f3d08688 3471L<Announced on 2005-05-31 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2005/05/msg101088.html>
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3473And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
3474hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
3475cat.
3476
3477Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 3478the wolf? What then?"
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3480=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
3481
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3482L<Announced on 2005-05-20 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2005/05/msg100711.html>
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3484And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
3485bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
3486round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
3487
3488In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
3489gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
3490climbed up the high stone wall.
3491
3492One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
3493stretched out over the wall.
3494
3495Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
3496Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
3497take care that he doesn't catch you!".
3498
3499The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
3500snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
3501
3502How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 3503the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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3505=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
3506
f3d08688 3507L<Announced on 2004-11-27 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/11/msg96304.html>
2831a86c 3508
4363636d 3509"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 3510you."
4363636d 3511
51caa79e 3512"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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3513
3514"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
3515and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 3516to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 3517
51caa79e 3518"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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3519
3520"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
3521planting it."
3522
3523"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 3524grow up into a beehive."
4363636d 3525
51caa79e 3526Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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3527
3528"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
3529Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 3530wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
4363636d 3531
51caa79e 3532Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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3533
3534"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
3535how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 3536and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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3538=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
3539
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3540L<Announced on 2004-11-11 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/11/msg95786.html>
3541
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3542"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
3543
3544"Hunting," said Pooh.
3545
3546"Hunting what?"
3547
3548"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
3549
3550"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
3551
3552"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
3553
3554"What do you think you'll answer?"
3555
3556"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
3557"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
3558you see there?"
3559
3560"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
3561excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
3562
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3563=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
3564
f3d08688 3565L<Announced on 2004-07-19 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/07/msg93189.html>
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3567Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
3568ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
3569bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
3570waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
3571droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
3572hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
3573longbow.
3574
3575In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
3576often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
3577placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
3578likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
3579may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
3580Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
3581Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
3582farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
3583grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 3584T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
4363636d 3585
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3586=head2 v5.8.5-RC2 - wikipedia, "Beech"
3587
f3d08688 3588L<Announced on 2004-07-09 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/07/msg92934.html>
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3590Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
3591ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
3592sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
3593pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
3594shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
3595
3596The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
3597Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 3598Caledonia and South America.
4363636d 3599
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3600=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
3601
f3d08688 3602L<Announced on 2004-07-07 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/07/msg92840.html>
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3604The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
3605often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
3606large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
3607and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
3608spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
3609year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
3610may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
3611
3612It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
3613branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
3614of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
3615that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
3616
3617Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
3618other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
3619acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
3620mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
3621
3622It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 3623heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
4363636d 3624
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3625=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
3626
f3d08688 3627L<Announced on 2004-04-22 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90984.html>
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3629 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
3630 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
3631 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
3632 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
3633
3634 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
3635 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
3636 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
3637 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
3638 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
3639 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
3640 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
3641 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
3642
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3643 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
3644 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
3645
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3646
3647=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
3648
f3d08688 3649L<Announced on 2004-04-16 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90796.html>
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3651 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
3652 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
3653 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
3654 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
3655
3656 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
3657 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
3658 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
3659 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
3660 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
3661 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
3662
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3663=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
3664
f3d08688 3665L<Announced on 2004-04-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90422.html>
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3667 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
3668 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
3669 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
3670 We must find him of the train can't start.'
3671 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
3672 They are searching high and low,
3673 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
3674 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
3675 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
3676 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
3677 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
3678 He's been busy in the luggage van!
3679 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
c5fb089a 3680 And the signal goes 'All Clear!'
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3681 And we're off at last of the northern part
3682 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
3683
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3684=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
3685
f3d08688 3686L<Announced on 2004-01-14 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/01/msg87317.html>
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3688 We are the music makers,
3689 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
3690 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
3691 And sitting by desolate streams; --
3692 World-losers and world-forsakers,
3693 On whom the pale moon gleams:
3694 Yet we are the movers and shakers
3695 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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3697=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
3698
f3d08688 3699L<Announced on 2004-01-07 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/01/msg86969.html>
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3701 There may be trouble ahead,
3702 But while there's music and moonlight,
3703 And love and romance,
3704 Let's face the music and dance.
3705
3706 Before the fiddlers have fled,
3707 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
3708 And while we still have that chance,
3709 Let's face the music and dance.
3710
3711 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
3712 Humming a different tune, and then,
3713
3714 There may be teardrops to shed,
3715 So while there's music and moonlight,
3716 And love and romance,
3717 Let's face the music and dance.
3718
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3719=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
3720
f3d08688 3721L<Announced on 2003-11-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84822.html>
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3723 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
3724 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
3725 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
3726 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
3727 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
3728 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
3729
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3730 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
3731 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
3732 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
3733 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
3734
3735 O my brave soul!
3736 O farther farther sail!
3737 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
3738 O farther, farther, farther sail!
3739
2ee7da68 3740=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle and John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
4363636d 3741
f3d08688 3742L<Announced on 2003-11-03 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84645.html>
2831a86c 3743
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3744 It's fun to charter an accountant
3745 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
3746 To find, explore the funds offshore
3747 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
3748
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3749=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
3750
f3d08688 3751L<Announced on 2003-10-27 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/10/msg84194.html>
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3753 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
3754 In a Sieve they went to sea:
3755 In spite of all their friends could say,
3756 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
3757 In a Sieve they went to sea!
3758 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
3759 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
3760 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
3761 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
3762 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
3763
3764 Far and few, far and few,
3765 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
3766 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
3767 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
3768
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3769=head2 v5.8.1 - epigraph same as v5.7.1
3770
3771L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
3772
3773=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
3774
3775L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
3776
3777No matter what she did with her hair it took about
3778three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
3779like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
3780no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
3781overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
3782
3783=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3784
3785L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
3786
3787Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
3788It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
3789devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
3790then you can be my most trusted minister."
3791
3792=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3793
3794L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
3795
3796Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
3797a knife with a curved blade.
3798
3799=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3800
3801L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
3802
3803Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
3804me because I've got magic aaargh."
3805
3806=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
3807
3808L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
3809
3810Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
3811in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
3812with his head.
3813
3814But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
3815weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
3816open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
3817defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
3818Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
3819was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
3820
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3821=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
3822
3823L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
3824
3825There was the faint sound of footsteps.
3826"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
3827said the low priest.
3828There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
3829The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
3830"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
3831The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
3832The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
3833The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
3834thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
3835There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
3836"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"